Feature Article

Ryan during rehearsal for last year’s Engage: Bluegrass worship experience.


May 16, 2019

Ryan Bartz

Derry Member


Stop! Hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down (at Derry Church).

It’s Derry’s rock band hard at work preparing timeless classics for our next installment of the Engage worship series. On Saturday May 18, worship at 5 pm will feature some of Derry’s very own rock stars. Some of you may recognize several of the songs from the mixtape you had in your car throughout high school and college, even if that is a distant memory. The youth joining us may have never heard of a tape, or the vinyl that some of these were originally printed on, but surely have some of the songs on their phones. We have had a blast selecting songs, arranging, and practicing the music. Many thanks to Scott Ramirez, Mark Verner and Craig Barth for doing a lot of the heavy lifting (being the organizational “roadies” if you will). All members of the band have contributed ideas from their diverse musical backgrounds. The musical selections, scripture, and meditation have been masterfully woven together by Pastor Stephen, using the theme of time.

Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “What could be better than a rock concert at church with a sweet light show?” The answer, of course, is to get rid of the light show and replace it with visual art, unfolding before your eyes throughout the worship. We are beyond excited to have the very talented Liz Gawron and Jill Peckelun enhance our worship with art they will be creating as they are inspired by the music, scripture, and meditation. Music has always transcended time, and whether you are familiar with each song or hoping to learn a few new ones, our hope is that God will speak to each of us through the words we sing and speak, the notes we play, and the creativity we demonstrate through live visual art on Saturday evening.

Creatively, we share gifts in music, art, and storytelling, and hope you will join us to experience the power and importance of each. From brass to bass, guitar to percussion, and piano to vocals, songs by artists including The Foo Fighters, Steve Winwood, The Byrds, and Panic! At the Disco are sure to provide a great stage for an evening of worship and the kind of music that soothes the soul. (Sorry, Bob Seger won’t be featured this time.) So grab your favorite air guitar, throw your cowbell in the VW bus, and come rock out with us! We look forward to sharing our love, admiration, and adoration for God’s presence with you and have “high, high hopes” that there will be other Engage: Rock N Roll services.


Editor’s note: If you can’t be there in person, join us by live stream beginning about 4:50 pm.